When homeowners are bullied, What is an appropriate response for a municipal government?

Springwater Township says that they want citizens to be involved in their local government.

Cycle bullying

Assuming that to be true, what role should the Township play when a multi-million dollar development plan makes private township citizens intimidation victims?

What have they done to stop bullying?

The Bullying Circle

  1. The bully/bullies: – I’m not a bully -> I wouldn’t associate with any bullies -> therefore there is no bullying
  2. Follower, henchmen:- turn a blind eye, delegate to staff for dirty work
  3. Supporter, passive bully/bullies: – information sharing, scouting for trouble-makers
  4. Passive supporter, possible bully: – behind-closed-doors deals
  5. Disengaged onlooker: – appreciative of the shared benefits of bullying
  6. Possible defender: – expresses outrage in theory; in practice, nothing done
  7. Defender of the victim:- engage in true problem solving based on participatory democratic principles


What is Bullying?
Bullying or victimization can be generally defined in the following way: A student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other students. Such negative actions include intentionally inflicting, or attempting to inflict, injury or discomfort upon another. These behaviors can be carried out physically (e.g., hitting, kicking, pushing, choking), verbally (e.g., by calling names, threatening, taunting, malicious teasing, spreading nasty rumors), or in other ways, such as making faces or obscene gestures, or intentional exclusion from a group.

Blueprints for Violence Prevention Model Programs, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder


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